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caused the faa to furlough worker. >> entirely utterly unnecessary. >> republicans argue the white house has the flexibility to avoid this and should cut waistful programs they say the president has an agenda. >> to try to convince the american people that there are no circumstances under which we can ever cut spending at all. >> democrats defend the faa saying it had no choice. >> congress enacted it in law. it was a cool act of 2011. the vast majority of republicans voted for them. >> the faa says it won't risk safety. air traffic controllers means fewer planes in the air. the faa tells me staffing reduction has delayed 1600 flights in the past two delays. >> delays will be bad for business and frustrating for families and devastating for the economy. >> with no other budget in place delays could continue for at least another 5 months. >> this is no way to run this government. >> and the faa warns the flight delays effecting the entire country will only get worse as the summer travel season approaches. in washington keyly campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >> got officials who wanted steam
travelers at some of the nation's busiest airports. yesterday alone the faa said there were more than 400 flight delays nationwide. 47,000 faa workers must take furlough days, including 15,000 air traffic controllers, losing one day of work every other week. that's a 10% reduction in staffing. >> when 70% of your budget of your operating budget is personnel, you cannot avoid when the cuts are as deep as they are in the sequester, the kinds of actions that are taken. >> today the transportation department says it's considering a request from the airline industry to temporarily suspend the delay rule in light of these furloughs. that rule prohibits airlines from keeping passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours. here in the bay area, an average of three air traffic controllers are scheduled to be furloughed in san francisco, oakland and san jose. officials say so far they haven't seen significant delays due to the furloughs here. however, the faa tells us los angeles international experienced delays of more than three hours for some arriving flights last night and that ended up cau
and pilot organizations are trying to stop the furloughs from happening by suing the faa but they are here and commercial flights really move flatly throughout the united states yesterday. but the real test will come together. that is because air traffic -- because of budget cuts all air traffic controllers must take one day off every two weeks. that means they will lose one traffic controller every day. santa rosa airport they were down at least one controller yesterday. folks there said they were concerned about safety and felt the government could have made cuts elsewhere. >> we are looking at a tiny percentage that needs if be reduced. it's ridiculous they can't do that. you and i can certainly if we want to take $5 off of our spending for lunch over a month, it's easy for us to do. >> reporter: yesterday sfo and ma theta san jose reported no problems. sources inside the air traffic control tower here said four workers were furloughed yesterday. we still have to find out how many are furloughed today. meanwhile 100 contract towers in small airports across the country are scheduled to s
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